Paced by a three-try performance from Carlin Isles, Team USA beat Argentina 36-12 in the Challenge Trophy quarterfinals Sunday in Singapore. Up next for the Eagles is Scotland at 3:44 a.m. ET.
Argentina won the opening kickoff, but Ben Pinkelman stole possession back in a breakdown, and his first pass to Martin Iosefo out of the breakdown was enough for the center to take it all the way. The... Read More
With Perry Baker lost for the tournament, Team USA couldn’t keep pace with Kenya’s firepower, falling 33-14. The Eagles were in it midway through the second half, but the bounce of the ball put momentum heavily in Kenya’s favor toward the end. The loss drops the Eagles to 1-2 through pool play and relegates them to the bottom eight for bracket play. This is just the third time this season the... Read More
Team USA fell to 1-1 in Singapore with a 19-14 defeat to England Saturday. England owned the first half, the Americans the second half, but a tournament-ending injury to Perry Baker and a yellow card to Martin Iosefo stymied the comeback effort. Up next is a winner-take-all meeting with Kenya.
The Eagles won the opening restart but were turned over in the breakdown before long. England struck... Read More
Team USA awakes from a long break to return to action this week in Kitakyushu, Japan. It’s the third of five stops on the World Series, and the Eagles currently sit in fifth place, just six points behind both Canada and Russia.
Awaiting them in Japan are France, New Zealand and the hosts. The Eagles are 0-1 against France this season, having lost 17-19 in pool play in Dubai. They’re 1-2 against... Read More
In episode three, USA 7s head coach Mike Friday talks Hong Kong, Rugby World Cup Sevens, cutting Folau Niua's hair and what it's going to take for the Eagles to reach the podium in Tokyo. Friday also discusses USA Rugby's 2016 high performance overspend on the record for the first time.
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Already playing without Danny Barrett and Perry Baker, both being held out for precaution, Team USA lost Maka Unufe in the fifth-place final in Hong Kong, and they came up a puzzling conversion attempt short of gaining two points on Argentina in the season standings, losing 14-12. Argentina opened with back-to-back scores, and the Eagles replied with their own, but a dead-center conversion was... Read More
Team USA beat Scotland 19-10 Sunday in the fifth-place playoff, advancing to meet Argentina for two extra Series points. The Eagles wrestled a 19-point lead through the first 10 minutes, and Scotland matched their try total with a late flurry of scores. They did it with Perry Baker and Danny Barrett being held out with injuries.
The Eagles started with possession, methodically working the ball... Read More
Team USA fell 35-7 to New Zealand in Saturday’s quarterfinals at Hong Kong 7s. The Eagles dug themselves a hole early and never got in gear. Up next is a meeting with the loser of Kenya versus Scotland.
New Zealand opened with possession, and it was a quicker Kiwi freezing the much larger Matai Leuta in open space, leading to the game’s first score. The All Blacks converted, making it 7-0 early... Read More
Team USA punched its ticket to the Hong Kong quarterfinals Saturday, beating Argentina 31-17 in its Pool D finale. The win improved the Eagles' two-day record to 2-0-1, following a blowout win over Wales and a draw against France. Awaiting them in the knockouts at 11:42 p.m. ET is New Zealand, which finished second in its pool to Fiji.
The opening kickoff was sloppily taken, with multiple people... Read More
After needing a furious comeback to salvage a draw against France in the opening match of the tournament, Team USA made quick work of Wales in the follow-up effort, winning 47-5. The emphatic victory improves the USA to 1-0-1, with the pool decider left against Argentina.
Wales looked the sharper unit early on, with the USA turning the ball over deep in its own end and compiling a couple of... Read More